LEICESTERSHIRE health bosses have informed patients they will soon be offered new electronic records.
It is hoped the summary care records, which are designed to offer faster and safer care, will support patient’s treatment if they receive urgent, out-of-hours emergency care.
The records will carry information about the patient’s allergies, current and past medications and bad reactions to specific medications the patient might have had in the past.
Dr Nick Willmott of the West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “When people are really ill they may be unable to say exactly what medicines they’re taking, or if they have any allergies or react poorly to certain drugs like penicillin.
“The summary care records will make this information available at the click of a computer mouse.”
Everyone in Leicestershire older than 15 years and nine months will receive an information pack explaining the records in more detail.
Patients will also have the right to opt out if they do not want a record created for them.